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Ralph R Searle

Military

Lt Searle was Squadron Bombardier of the 838th Bomb Squadron during training in the States from September to December 1943. He flew overseas as bombardier on the crew of Lt Richard A. Ridlen, 837th Bomb Squadron, and was later transferred to the 418th Bomb Squadron of the 100th Bomb Group.

Ralph Searle was part of the original 487th Bomb Group and flew on B-24 #41-29478 'The Weary Wolf'.

He transferred to the 418th Bomb Squadron of the 100th Bomb Group and flew as bombardier on George Fory's lead crew.

For a fuller picture of Searle's war, see his page on the 100th Bomb Group website: https://100thbg.com/index.php?option=com_bombgrp&view=personnel&Itemid=3...

Service

People

  • G Fory

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot
    17 OCT 44 COLOGNE (WELL KNOWN 100TH LEAD PILOT). CPT

Units served with

  • 100th Bomb Group

    100th Bomb Group

    Group
    "The Bloody Hundredth", so-called because of a reputation for losing a high number aircraft and crews, flew B-17s from Thorpe Abbotts, Norfolk. Their losses were not the highest of any Eighth Air Force Group but on several occasions the Group lost many...

  • 487th Bomb Group

    487th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 487th Bomb Group began operations as preparations for D-Day were reaching their crescendo and played their part by bombing airfields in northern France. Like the 486th Bomb Group, the 487th switched to B-17 Flying Fortress for missions from 1...

  • 418th Bomb Squadron
  • 837th Bomb Squadron

Associated Place

  • Lavenham

    Military site : airfield
    Lavenham was built as a standard USAAF bomber airfield, with fifty hardstandings, T2 hangars and 2,000 and 1,400 feet runways. John Laing and Son Ltd. carried out the work in 1943, and the airfield opened in April 1944. The 487th Bomb Group occupied...

  • Thorpe Abbotts

    Military site : airfield
    Home of the 'Bloody Hundredth’, a Bomb Group with a reputation for high casualty rates, Thorpe Abbotts was under USAAF control from June 1943 to the end of the war. Some of the airfield survives today, and the control tower houses the 100th Bomb Group...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Castle Dale, UT, USA 20 June 1919
Died Tucson, AZ, USA 25 November 2003
Based

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
04 June 2019 14:43:50 Emily Changes to biography
Sources

Transferred biographical details incorrectly added to photo caption of FRE 2047 by user PaulWebber

Date Contributor Update
20 April 2015 12:23:01 Lucy May Changes to biography, events, person associations, unit associations, place associations and media associations
Sources

Searle's page on the 100th Bomb Group website: https://100thbg.com/index.php?option=com_bombgrp&view=personnel&Itemid=3...

Information from a duplicate page for Ralph R Searle - source: Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / http://www.mcadams.org/fpdb/sqds_name2.asp

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:21:53 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Unit Roster

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